Obi Chan Shinobi san!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hip Dysplasia

Snoz might have hip dysplasia according to a quick veterinary examination that took place this evening. Snoz had to wear a little muzzle (which left her looking like an adorable little Hannibal Lector) because she became a little (OK a lot) snappy.
I was hoping she had a luxating patella that would account for her little skipping right back leg (not something to hope for particularly) but her knees are stubborn and wont budge i.e. really strong and not luxating.
I looked up videos of other Shiba's at 7 months old running around and I can really see now how Snoz has a slightly over flexible back - her hips sway from side to side a lot. Her little skip has been really bothering me lately, as have her clicking joints - she pops and crackles almost as much as I do. When she trots it almost looks like she's trying to hike her left leg up - maybe back into place? We've been given glucosamine and anti-inflammatory meds to trial.
I read on the internet that only dogs with sever HD show symptoms at such a young age, so my solution? No more reading anything on the internet, ever. In fact I might do away with this internet business altogether.
Feeling pretty low I took Snoz to the park this evening where she proceeded to mock my fears by running around crazily fast with no signs whatsoever of skipping.
Could this be advanced Shiba mind control? Effecting a limp in order to garner sympathy i.e. lots of cheese and cuddles? Let's hope so.

There is certainly a risk in submitting to loving another creature so much, one that relies on you for everything. I never thought I could have such a strong protective feeling for an animal - I guess we are all pack animals and I've certainly adopted her into my pack! She has made my life 100% happier and funnier from the moment we bought her home - at the same time I've never worried about someone so much.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Snoz has been trying to make friends. She doesn't know how to but hey, that's not going to stop her!

Being adventurous...

and big smiles

and persistence

even if potential friend is really not interested

at all

one bit.

Oh well, we love you Snoz!

Snoz the Akita wannabe

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Snowdonia - Snoz's first holiday!

Snoz is officially the best dog ever (no bias or anything *ahem). We spur of the moment decided to head up to Snowdonia for a couple of days holiday, to escape the never ending sea drizzle that is Cornwall.
Snoz was incredibly well behaved the entire time, aside from an incident where she tried to eat a lambs tale that had dropped off (ARGH) and also the incident where she rolled in sheep poo (again arghghgh) oh and the couple of incidences where she kept jumping on the holiday cottage sofas (not allowed!) aside from all that she was good as gold!

I took far too many photos with my new camera. It's only when I got home and looked at them I realised they're 2% mountains and 98% Snoz face!

The beautiful holiday cottage we stayed in. A converted barn

Snoz could not get her head around indoor steps

I think this is the face of sheep poo heaven bliss

The first day, the first day! sheepy smelling little pup

The fattest cheeks I have ever seen

Making friends! 
(This dog had zero interest in being friends)

Please play with me! 
(aaand neither did this dog - poor Snoz)




Unimpressed, as per usual

Waiting for her doggie sausage at the incredible cafe Alpine in Betws-y-Coed

Tired Shiba, grateful for a lift!

Travelling home in style

Some sing-a-long tunes for the journey

A quick pee pit stop in the blossoms

Beautiful Snoz